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    Default health insurance to rise... vent

    I'm thinking I'm not the only one outraged that health insurance will be means tested. For my family it means it will cost us $1,000 extra a year, it costs us $155 per mtg currently.

    The reason we have health cover is not because we can afford it, its because we need it!
    Just because we earn good money it isn't fair we should be paying more.
    Healthcare should be equal for all regardless of income.

    And its not a surprise really that it's another broken promise by the labour government.

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    we were just having this discussion in our office... you won't like the tone of the discussion though,

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    I haven't heard anything about this yet, do you have a link?

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    So far I've only heard for singles earning over 80k but what's for family?
    If they were going to do something with the money and put it back into healthcare then I'd support it, but they just keep finding easy ways to balance the books and are hurting people by doing it. Health cover is already expensive and we've never used it, we only pay for tax purposes and because we're forced to basically.

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    Ok so I read over 166k for families, we don't earn that much

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    Yeah its about 166k for families... Im safe. But I do think people will drop cover. I know if ours went up we would drop it..we currently pay about $280 a month and we struggle big time to pay it.

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    Its the PHI tax rebate that will be means tested, $80k for singles & $160k for couples.

    It stinks, DH just got another job & negotiated a package so that is was under any possible threshold.

    I dont understand how its going to make anything easier on families? The current Gov. have their heads in the sane if you ask me.

    We cant afford not to have PHI, my optical & dental bills are just crazy & will be for the rest of my life even with medicare footing some of it for the next 4 years.

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    It's outrageous. We already get zero support from the government for anything - no FBT, no CCB, etc etc and now this too. It's honestly too much. Who do they pays all the tax that finances these payments for others? The "wealthy" who earn over $83k! It's a joke. Bring on the next election I say.

    I have always been happy to support those who need it more, those who choose to stay at home instead of work, etc as I think everyone should have that choice. And I still am! But this is honestly the straw that broke the camels back for me.

    Give a teeny tiny something back to those who pay high taxes! Just a little would be nice. Financially we would be better off if I didn't work and DH cut his hours. Good way to reward the workforce and ensure an economically prosperous Australia.

    Maybe we should just all not bother going to uni, getting degrees and working 50 hour works in order to get ahead. And yes I know there are plenty of people who that does not apply to, who don't study, who work
    long shift work, etc. But in my personal experience they are the minority of these low or middle income families.

    Australia is a fantastic place to live but it's becoming increasingly frustrating and expensive and im sure when the global economy picks up a large number of the white collar workforce will be upping sticks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RunningWithScissors View Post
    Yeah its about 166k for families... Im safe. But I do think people will drop cover. I know if ours went up we would drop it..we currently pay about $280 a month and we struggle big time to pay it.
    Geez your paying a steep mthly amount, we are top cover and pay $155 but will soon be paying nearly $100 extra per mth. We need to have it so will keep it but its going to be a battle, will have to sacrifice something else to compensate.


 

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